Rocketing temperatures, trips planned to a number of resorts, schools closing their doors, burdens of all sorts being lifted from people’s shoulders… It can only mean one thing!
What time is it? Summertime! It’s our vacation!
And, to celebrate the oncoming season, it’s only fair that this week’s Sound Test Saturday joins in on the party as well, wouldn’t you say? We’ve got a total of five tracks to mark this joyous occasion (barring insanely hot temperatures), so kick back, take a nice swig of whatever you have in your glass or bottle, and relax!
First up on the playlist is a cover of Emerald Coast’s “Azure Blue World” from Sonic Adventure, put together by jparecki95!
A faithful cover of one of the most memorable tunes in Sonic history, there is virtually no fault in Jonathan’s interpretation of Emerald Coast. It does a truly fantastic job as it feels free, powerful, and passionate, as covers of this tune should be. Bonus points for highlighting Ready as well! That’s not something you see often.
Now, we welcome Psyguy and SerenaMidori of Ring Energy back to Sound Test Saturday after their previous appearance in the Spinball Edition. This time, they’re accompanied by GetVent handling the hilarious artwork, and guest lyricist Kirbopher working the witty wordplay, for their take on the Sonic Heroes tutorial stage Sea Gate, aptly named “Basic Controls”! (No, it is not Seaside Hill.)
I really like what the
REAL SUPERPOWER OF TEAMWORK! group effort between Psy, Serena, Kirb, and Vent brought out. “Basic Controls” does well in capturing most of “the basics” of the game while poking humour around at every given opportunity, whether it is through Vent’s art or Kirb’s lyrics (now I really miss Mighty). Serena’s vocals are just as wonderful as they were the last time she was featured, supported strongly by Psy’s great arrangement of the piece. I really look forward to the rest of Ring Energy’s material! As a bonus, here’s Career Man for all of you!
Next up is a slick take on Isolated Island’s “Door into Summer” of Knuckles Chaotix fame, handled by WillRock!
WillRock‘s personalized Door features an erratic reinterpretation on the ever familiar melody, grabbing it and flinging it all over the place the closer it gets towards the end yet still keep things in tune. It’s crazy, bearable, and an absolute joy to listen to.
Now, how many of you will be going on an ocean cruise? Catch some waves? Invade pirate hideouts?
Taking the Pirates’ Island theme from Sonic Rush Adventure, recorderdude and Mystical Pyro Freak take on Captain Whisker’s crew as Sonic and Blaze respectively (lyrics!), and with the way they’ve interpreted the final zone before the showdown, I wouldn’t want it any other way. The lyrics (and especially the banter going on) are downright hilarious! In case you’re reading this during or before listening to the above track, I’ll avoid spoiling the best parts for you all: it’s one of those things you can’t really put into words without ruining it. The singing and voices for the 6 characters featured are spot on! Thanks a bunch for showing me this, recorderdude!
Now, as we conclude our weekly sound test, I ask you all to take a second to absorb that summertime is finally here. Yes, daytime is at its longest throughout the season, giving many various opportunities to do all sorts of things, yet there is one downside;
there is little time to appreciate the night sky, whether it is littered with the thickest of clouds, painted with the brightest of stars, or set aglow with the light of the moon.
This is why, in closing, I find it appropriate to give you all this one chance through song. And what song better is there to highlight the night than an unparalleled take on Sonic the Hedgehog‘s Starlight Zone?
Take it away, Tee Lopes!
And to all of our dear readers: good night, enjoy the time off you deserve, and get ready! Sonic the Hedgehog’s 21st Anniversary is next week!
Found an interesting remix, cover, or original song? Got something of your own you’d like to see featured on Sound Test Saturday? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org!